Vaxxers: The Race Against The Virus
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On 1 January 2020, Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at Oxford University, read an article about four people in China with a strange pneumonia. Within two weeks, she and her team had designed a vaccine against a pathogen that no one had ever seen. 12 months later, the vaccination was rolled out across the world to save millions of lives from Covid-19. The Times Science Editor Tom Whipple talks to Sarah and her colleague Catherine Green (Associate Professor at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics and Head of Oxford University’s Clinical BioManufacturing Facility) as they reveal the inside story of making the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the cutting-edge science and sheer hard work behind it. This is their story of fighting a pandemic as ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.